Lucy Hardin’s Missing Period

An interactive novel

Illustration by Ted Barker

Lucy Hardin’s Missing Period is an interactive novel with hundreds of possible storylines and multiple outcomes. It uses a web format to capture the reality of a young woman in Toronto in the early 2000s, allowing the reader to explore different aspects of Lucy’s life and times and the city in which she lives, while following her through the labyrinth of her various futures. Lucy’s fate, like our own, is up in the air, open to negotiation and sudden change.

This environment is built for HTML5 and CSS3. JavaScript must be enabled (click here for browser-specific instructions).

Click this paragraph to start or resume reading the novel. You can store your progress with the “Save History” button once it loads below—doing so will return you to the same decision point upon refreshing or revisiting this page. Click “Erase Progress” to begin anew.

Parts of the software and design © 2010 IDM. Undum is available here. Derivative works must include this copyright line and link.

This appeared in the November 2010 issue.

Stephen Marche (@StephenMarche) published The Hunger of the Wolf, a novel, in February 2015. The Unmade Bed, his sixth book, is out now.

Ted Barker participated in the recent Papier 13 exhibit at the Laroche/Joncas gallery in Montreal.